Saturday, February 16, 2019

Feb. 16: Our daily destruction of ourselves.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/canada-haiti-deportation-violence-protests-1.5021661

For decades, Haiti was ruled by dictators subservervient to American billionaires. Then Haitians won the right to vote.

So the U.S. sent troops to bring back the good old days.  And Canada kissed up wih 'peacekeepers'.

Yep. American governments are great believers in democracy.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/16/tijuana-migrant-child-murders-mexico-us-asylum

The refugee crises have just begun - in South America, Africa, parts of Asia. They can only get worse - much, much worse. And our most prominent response has been to act like the racists we are.
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Venezuela might have beaten off the attempts of American capitalists to take it over. But now what?

It has still to deal with the U.S. restrictions on its trade. And until that happens there will be poverty and starvation. Unless....

China and Russia become a presence in this crisis. But then the rest is anybody's guess.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/13/venezuela-nicolas-maduro-juan-guaido-campaign-latest
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This next one is possibly a repeat.

https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-hard-to-fathom-why-allies-support-u-s-on-venezuela
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How the very wealthy live off our taxes - but don't pay a cent of their own.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/02/15/new-york-hq-fiasco-and-0-federal-taxes-say-critics-confirm-amazons-status-deadbeat

How come our news media haven't launched any attempt to tell this story? Could that be because of who it is that owns most of our news media?

Get the picture. In fifty years, the U.S. has invaded over fifty countries. That's pretty expensive. And every one of those countries was invaded to meet the needs of Amperican capitalists.  (Thousands, including Canadians, died in the war in Afghanistan. Why was that war fought? it was fought because AFghanistan is up to its ears in minieral wealth - and American capitalists want it, That's why Canadian died. Forget the crap propaganda about how they died for Canada. Afghanistan was not a threat to Canada - or the U.S.)

If the U.S. fights a war in  Venezuela, it will be for exactly the same reason - to make American capitalists richer.

And who paid for those wars? Every cent came from the pockets of taxpayers in the U.S. and in American colonies like Canada. Nothing - not even a cent - came from the pockets of billionaires. They pay no taxes but the wars are fought to make them richer.

That's why the U.S. is facing severe education crises. That's why it can't offer its people medical care. That's why it can't deal with its massive homeless problem. That's why many tens of millions end their working careers in hopeless poverty.
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Our children are the ones who are going to suffer for the greed and corruption we have not had the courage to face and to deal with.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/02/15/16-year-old-greta-thunberg-cheers-beginning-great-changes-climate-strike-goes-global
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https://www.commondreams.org/further/2019/02/14/1200-kids-gun-deaths-parkland-did-i-say-i-love-you
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Is it true that the U.S. needs a wall against Latin America? It's not just the U.S. We're all building walls. And it has nothing to do with criminals crossing our borders.

https://www.thenation.com/article/walls-and-borders-are-this-countrys-most-consistent-climate-change-adaptation/
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America! Where you can say whatever you believe. (As long as it's the same as what everybody else believes.)

https://www.thenation.com/article/colin-kaepernick-nfl-settlement-collusion/

In this case, the sinner has been forgiven by the NFL for, among other things, dropping to a knee during the playing of the national anthem. However, the patriots in his home state don't feel any need for fortgiveness. They have banned him from being named as a role model in Black History Month.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/02/16/the-venezuelan-coup-a-media-success/

The U.S. (like Canada only more so, much more so) has been a murderous, empire-biling nation from the early days of European settlement. There was  the slaughter of native peoples by the millions,  the war on Mexico to steal what is now Texas, Arizona, California, etc., the seizure of Hawaii, the several attempts on  Canada, the colonization of Latin America, of The Phillipines and, most recently of lands in Africa and the middle east.

How many were slaughtered in all of this? We'll never know.

Some lover of democracy!
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The next item seems true enough. But it seems hopelessly idealistic. The U.S. (like many other countries is hopelessly mired in propagandas that they call their histories.)

https://countercurrents.org/2019/02/16/trumps-state-of-emergency-a-step-towards-presidential-dictatorship.
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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6705421/Three-babies-DAY-killed-conflict-turn-one.html
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Thinking of moving to California?

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/california-nightmare-over-half-of-the-people-living-in-the-state-wish-they-could-leave
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The following account is heavily biased and, some times, just plain wrong. But compared to the reports we usually get about Cuba, it's brilliantly truthful.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51112.htm
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Here's a point of view very different from any in our news media.

http://www.medialens.org/index.php/alerts/alert-archive/2019/893-venezuela-blitz-part-2-press-freedom-sanctions-and-oil.html
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Are Canadians cruel and arrogant?  You bet.

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/02/15/news/people-will-die-if-nothing-done-cat-lake-first-nation-considering-evacuation-one

If those people were big time capitalists, that town would now be awash in doctors.
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/indigenous-communities-halting-humanitys-race-to-disaster/5668766
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https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/one-thousand-children-die-measles-madagascar/

Sorry, kids. We're all tied up killing children all over the world.
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https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/children-in-conflict-save-the-children-report/
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Here's a whole page of off-Guardian stories to give a sense of its general tone.

If off-Guardian is right and The Guardian is such a bad paper, why do I include it in my list of news media?

That's because, bad as it is, the Guardian. is still the best of major newspapers in this world. It's not so much a recognition of The Guardian quality as it is of the lying propaganda of all of our major news media.
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The following story can't be true. If it were, our news media would have told us all about it.https://truthout.org/articles/incarcerated-immigrants-are-being-tortured/

https://truthout.org/articles/incarcerated-immigrants-are-being-tortured/

Anyway, Trump's supporters are devout Christians - as is Trump. So there.
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https://theintercept.com/2019/02/16/brazil-bolsonaro-indigenous-land/

Bolsonaro, new president of Brazil, is much admired by Trump and the Republican Party (and some Democrats).
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I was reluctant to  publish this one at first because it makes a complicated issue seem simple. The tone of this is that all Jews must be above criticism, and that any criticism is really a form of anti-semitism.

In fact, there is a lot of anti-semitism still out there - all over the western world. But it does not follow that all criticism of Jews is anti-semitic. (By the way, arabs, too, are semites.)

My experience of Jewish communities in North America - which is extensive - has been that these are intellectually alive and both intellectually and financially generous.  ( In speaking to audiences, which I did many, many times every year for many years, I would look foward to Jewish audiences more than any other.)

As a teenager, I remember walking to see friends in Montreal's Jewish ghetto, and feeling a tremendous boost at window signs expressing delight at the founding of Israel.

But I came to know many Israelis - and to learn about their abysmal treatment of Palestinians.

For the Jews of Europe, Hitler destroyed their belief in Jewish principles. Understandable. But that has created an Israel lacking in in the religious principles of Judaism - making it rather, I fear, like those fundamentalist Christians who support Trump.

https://thesaker.is/and-now-a-word-from-the-jewish-democratic-council-of-america/

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It's a slow day for news - so let's spare a few moments to get rid of misuse of some words.

To many people, communism and socialism are simply dirty words. To many others, the dirty word is capitalism.So let's try to get real.

Capitalism is a system in which economic growth is encouraged by encouraging private owndership - and depending on market controls to ensure it meets needs.. The problem, alas, iss that there are virtually no market controls. Major capitalists  got rid of controls almost from the start so that the whole purpose of capitalism became not to develop an economy but to open it up to mass theft by a very few.

Karl Marx was a man dedicated to improving the condition of human life. He proposed a system based fitting the distribution of wealth by ensuring access to adequate housing, food, education....for all. But don't waste your time arguning about it because it's very, very rarely been even tried. The Soviet Union, in particular, was never communist.

China's communism, tried with some messiness by Mao's China, did have some success. By 1950, a China long brutalized and impoverished by western capitalists could hold its own against western capitalist armies. Over recent years, China blended communism with capitalism - and this counry which had suffered brurality and poverty inflicted by western capitalism suddenly emerged as a major world power. Offhand, I cannot think of any country in world history that has accomplished such a rapid change.

This surely suggests that neither capitalism nor communism is a remedy for the world's ills - but that combination of the two might work.

Socialism? Fundamentally, it's very similar to communism - but that similarity is avoided by all sides.

Very simply,capitalism simply means the accumulation of  wealth by the already wealthy. it is designed to serve capitalists and only capitalists.And, left alone, that makes it a sure path to disaster.

The invariable result of lone capitalism means sure destruction of a society. We need a strong dose of legislation designed to benefit the whole society - not just its billionaires. Call it communism. Call it socialism. We need a system that creates - but also shares - wealth.

When I worked in China, I saw a country whose cities and housing and roads looked much as they must have done a century and more earlier. No more. Today, its housing increasingly resembles that of western powers. it's education is excellent. In a very short time, China has leaped from being a nation of shanties. I can recall - often - seeing outhouses as toilets in the middle of cities

With it's reliance entirely on a super-wealthy class and with its utter failure in paying attention to the rest, the U.S. (And Canada and the west in general) are headed for one hell of a crash.

As it is, our billionaires are destroying themselves.
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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Feb. 14:We never got smart enough.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/haiti-quebec-canada-stranded-1.5019136

Haiti, after years of American-approved dictators, established a democracy. But it didn't last long. The U.S. invaded, setting up a new dictatorship.  (Canada, as usual, helped the U.S. along by sending 'peacekeepers' to make it all look respectable.)

American and Canadian capitalists see Latin America as simply a place of cheap, cheap labour, cheap resources, very limited education, and virtually no social services. And they intend to keep it that way.

Are power to delude ourselves surpasses understanding. The U.S. (sometimes with Canadian help) has murdered millions since 1950. It has specialized in killing civilians and children. We have specialized in some of the worst greed this world has known.

But we are good. And God is our commander-in-chief in all our murders.

Now, that Maduro ---he's just evil.
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http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/02/canada-talks-democracy-while-us-eyes-venezuelas-oil
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https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-hard-to-fathom-why-allies-support-u-s-on-venezuela
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/02/14/unhinged-mike-pence-warns-new-holocaust-team-trump-tries-rally-eu-leaders-war-iran

Wow! If Iran is a military threat to the world, what is the U.S. record?
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We are daily being robbed of huge sums by our very wealthy. Canada has lost  uncountable billions,  the U.S. perhaps as much as a trillion.  In addition, we have to pay the immense
cost of fighting their wars. Why are our news media not telling us this?

And those same people find in a horrible cost to them to pay minimum wage of $15 or so an hour.

This is greed gone wild, and it's happening with the full cooperation of our governments. What nations of wimps we must be!

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/02/13/fix-system-let-trump-stop-paying-social-security-taxes-40-minutes-2016-sanders-says
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/02/14/thwarting-trumps-climate-change-denial/

And who are the climate change deniers? The most influential and important ones are the billionaire ownders of oil fields. Since climate change will kill them, too, what does this tell us about their intelligence?

The world has seen major wars constantly since 1950. Our side are heroes. The other side is invariably referred to as terrorists.  What does this tell about our human thinking processes?  More on this at the end of this post.
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Ontario's prime minister, Doug Ford, would make a great republican senator - and possible even a great U.S. president.

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/02/13/news/public-outrage-growing-after-doug-fords-claims-he-can-stamp-out-crazy-marxist
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https://theantimedia.com/media-trump-rubio-venezuela-aid-pr-stunt/
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Remember - after decades of British dictatorship and plundering of its oil, Iran got rid of the British - and created a quite respectable democracy.

That democracy was overthrown by the U.S. and Britain in favour of a dictatorship. Eventually, the Iranians managed to get rid of the dictator and to attempt a democracy again. But, in American and British eyes, there is nothing worse than democracy.

https://truthout.org/articles/the-suffering-of-the-iranian-people-has-made-in-usa-stamped-on-it/
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In U.S. upper class circles, the purpose of medecine is to make the rich richer. In Mexico, the purpose of medecine is to heal. I don't think we begin to realize what a backward nation the U.S. is in ignoring the needs of its people.

https://truthout.org/audio/americans-cross-border-into-mexico-to-buy-insulin-at-a-fraction-of-us-cost/
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Today's Ukraine is really a creation of the U.S. (Perhaps that explains why it supports such a large nazi movement. (And no, that's not calling it names. This is Nazi - including a worship of swastikas and of Hitler.)

https://www.voltairenet.org/article205172.html
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We human types have been around for a very long time - some for hundreds of thousands of years. The earliest ones looked more like apes than humans - but they were in our direct line of descent. And, perhaps 70,000 years ago, we evolved into a very human type called Neanderthal, a type that looked very much like us today.

Neanderthals, at their peak, numbered perhaps a million. They lived as hunters and gatherers, nothing more. There was nothing more they could do because neanderthals, much as they looked like us, lacked our intelligence.

Then, some tens of thousands of years later, we (homo sapiens) appeared. Seemingly, homo sapiens looked much like Neanderthals. But there was a big difference. Homo sapiens have a much more highly developed brain than anything that had ever lived before.

They had brains that could plan strategies. That made it possible for homo sapiens to wipe out all forms of previous human life - to steal their land, etc. Those brains also made it possible to develop agriculture and,relatively recently, industry ----and war.

But having the biggest brains of our time is not necessarily a good sign for the future. The future may very well be one that calls for even bigger brains than homo sapiens has ever developed.

For several centuries now, we  have been creating a world of almost constant war. We have done so despite all the evidence that our power to control war has long since disappeared. Yet Donald Trump recently announced a return to preparing for a world nuclear war that would destroy all of us.

In world war 2, we thought we were preparing for a better world. In the song by Vera Lynn,

There'll be blue birds over
The white cliffs of dover,
Tomorrow, just you wait and see.
There'll be love and laughter
And peace ever after,
Tomorrow when the world is free.

In fact, war began again right after World War Two ended. And it began again in an even more dangerous form than ever before.

That's what made me think of the superior brains of homo sapiens. They have certainly given us enormmous powers to destroy, to plunder... But in ten thousand years, they have not seriously addressed poverty. In fact, we are major causes of poverty all over the world. We have not stopped killing. In fact, it has continued at full war levels.

Ihe passage of time has not made us smarter - but has infected some of us with a stunning arrogance. Some of us have an astonishing record of greed and plunder - how else can we describe policies that kill by starvation and murder all over the world? The rest of us actually pay for this with our taxes and with low salaries. The very wealthy get rich. And in getting rich put all of us into dreadful danger.

They also plunder much of the world - like Africa and Latin America - to enrich a wealthy leadership. And it's made worse by climate change crashing into refugees in much of the world.

And where will all this take us? Where it has already taken much of the world, including large parts of wealthy countries - into poverty and hunger. With a lack of brains, we are repeating the Homo sapiens slaughter of neanderthals; but doing it to ourselves.

The leaders in all of this are the super-wealthy who, despite their obvious intellecual and moral weaknesses, see themselves as leaders when they are really our symbols of intellectual decline and decay. The super-wealthy and their political hacks are taking us - and themselves - to destruction. Soon.

We got bigger brains from homo sapiens some tens of thousands of years ago. But they obviously are not yet big enough. (No intelligent population would vote for Liberals or Conservatives or Republicans or Democrats.

Our capitalists are not just evil. They are remarkably stupid - more along the lines of neanderthals. And our time is very, very short.
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Canada has a Donald Trump.

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/02/16/news/scientist-who-resisted-censorship-climate-report-lost-her-job
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Feb. 11:Gettting close to the last call...

https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/trump-socialism-canada-1.5010033

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/11/trump-offers-socialism-for-the-rich-capitalism-for-everyone-else
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Until recently, I lived in New Brunswick where all newspapers are lying,  propaganda sheets in praise of their multi-billionaire owner. I now live in Ottawa, the capital of Canada, where I first thought the newspapers were just brainless.  But, no, I've just learned that the major one is not just dumb. No. It's a progaganda sheet just like the irving press of New Brunswick. The Wednesday Feb. 28 edition of the Ottawa Citizen, between its stretches of boredom and trivia, has a piece of propaganda kissing up to the very wealthy. But it is presented as a piece of news from a prestigious research institute, the Frazer Institute..

Readers are schocked to learn that very large numbers of the poor don't pay any income tax. And - horrors - the poor often get financial help from the government as well - you know, help with child costs, food.....  And the top 20 percent are paying 70 percent of all income taxes.  And it's just dreadful how the very rich have to pay so much tax.

Obviously, The Frazer Institute has never heard of how the very, very rich pay NO income tax at all. None. Nada. Zilch.

Nor does the paper bother to tell us who The Frazer Institute is. It's a propaganda outfit financed by the very wealthiest people in Canada  - the ones who pay no income tax at all. It poses as a serious research body. In short, it's a liar.

We are flooded by these 'research' institutes that like to call themselves 'think-tanks'. They are, in fact, hired pimps to serve big money - The Frazer Institute, The CDHowe, the Atlantic Institute of Market studies.... And all of them create propaganda for the billionaire owners of most of our news media.
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The American empire in Latin America - and it's Canadian pimps.......

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/brent-patterson/2019/02/indigenous-rights-defenders-guatemala-challenge-logging
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/brent-patterson/2019/02/human-rights-defenders-are-fighting-climate-justice
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I have no great love for any Canadian political party. I don't think the Liberals, for a start, are all that different from the Conservatives. But there is a growing difference between those two parties as the Conservatives move off into some very destructive positions.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/activist-toolkit-blog/2019/02/canadian-provinces-are-poised-lot-more-populism-%C3%A0-la
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/12/electric-cars-already-cheaper-own-run-study
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/11/trump-offers-socialism-for-the-rich-capitalism-for-everyone-else
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/02/12/not-so-veiled-threat-war-john-bolton-says-iran-may-not-have-many-more-anniversaries
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/02/12/we-have-entered-age-environmental-breakdown-report-details-world-edge-runaway

But there is not the slightest possibility that the very wealthy will do anything about it.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/02/11/global-poll-reveals-surging-fear-climate-crisis-and-us-power-under-trump

And Canada's Trudeau has humiliated this country by supporting Trump in Venezuela.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/02/11/scientists-warn-crashing-insect-population-puts-planets-ecosystems-and-survival

And what are we doing about it? We're kissing up to billionaires whose only interest is in making money. You can go to jail for going through a red light. But there's no penalty at all for destroying a world and billions of people.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/02/12/u-s-poses-as-humanitarian-while-it-weaponizes-starvation-in-venezuela/
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51080.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51083.htm
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/02/12/features/noam-chomsky-couple-generations-organized-human-society-may-not-survive-has-be

Tell me what capitalists are doing to deal with this.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/02/07/news/doug-fords-ontario-proposing-stop-tracking-carbon-pollution-fuel-sold-oil-and-gas
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I'm so happy to have this chance to help our oil billionaires.

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/02/08/analysis/2-billion-oil-industry-subsidy-making-trans-mountain-files-toll-application
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https://off-guardian.org/2019/02/10/10-reasons-the-gilets-jaunes-are-the-real-deal/
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Not long ago, Haiti was a functioning democracy. But the U.S. ended that with a return to rule by dictators.  And Canada, kissing American rear ends, took part in the process by sending 'peace-keepers'.

https://greedmedia.com/thousands-of-haitians-protest-corruption-rising-living-costs/
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Here's an aspect of the Venezuela crisis that has not been reported in most of the western press.

https://thesaker.is/saker-interview-with-michael-hudson-on-venezuela-february-7-2019/
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https://www.voltairenet.org/article205147.html
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https://www.voltairenet.org/article205061.html
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Will our world last? No. Not as long as it is dominated by capitalism. I can't pretend to be an expert on these things. Capitalism might work - under controls. I don't know. But I do know it has no controls. I know that it has killed millions of people since 1945 - and obviously intends to kill many millions more.

And oil companies, defying the warnings of just about all the world's scientists that this will destroy the planet and all its living things, are determined to keep pumping it.

Is this because oil bosses are people of superior education and knowledge?  I know of no evidence of that. Quite the contrary, very, very few have such advanced scientific training. (I think here of  Irving, the oil baron of New Brunswick, who quit university while only half way through so he could take over one of daddy's companies. Half way through his first degree - that would qualify him - maybe - for a job as a door to door salesman. (But daddy owned an oil company. So he today, giving his 'expert' opinion, says it is perfectly safe to go on pumping oil.)

Think of a person like that who has the arrogance and power to make decisions that can kill all of us.

Do the people of his province get the chance to question his opinion? No! The only information they get appears in all the newspapers he owns. And that sort of thing is true over most of the world.

I can't pretend to understand these dangerous and vicious people. But the reality is that there power is enormous. These are the ones who decide to kill and to do it in millions. And it is possible, even likely, that they will kill all of us (and themselves) within the century. Nor will it be a quick death as climate changes kill us.

Climate change and our uncontrolled capitalism have already created millions of refugees, especially in the southern half of our planet. They try to escape the horror - and they're allowed to drown by our governments. The few who survive to get to, say, Europe, are shoved into hopeless and miserable camps. The ones who get to the U.S. are imprisoned with the children separated into cages.  And this is just the beginning.

The climate and our capitalism and our greed are creating numbers of refugees that we can't simply stuff into camps. We are going to have to kill them. And we will, by the millions.

What we and our capitalism are like we can see in Latin America. With the powerful backing of the American government - and possibly with the wimpy help of Canada - capitalism has driven most of Latin America into despair. It has impoverished nations. It has murdered uncounted (and usually unreported) numbers of people. And its going to get worse. Much, much worse. The current attack on Venezuela is to ensure that not a penny of oil money of that country ever gets to the people of Venezuela. This is quite as brutal as the behaviour of the old British empire, of Columbus in South America, and Hitler's Germany.

The people of Latin America have, for the most part, been driven into severe poverty. The intention of capitalists is to do the same to Venezuela. They have already done it by cutting off Venezuelan trade. Now there will finish the job by sending in their butchers.

This is not an exaggeration. This is daily life for most of Latin America. It is not an exaggeration  to call capitalism brutal. It has left a long trail of misery and suffering and death behind it in that region for over a century.

Is capitalism viable? Can it be controlled? I don't know. I do know that capitalism has been the cause of almost all wars for the last several centuries. (Yes. That includes World War Two. Indeed, many leaders in the U.S. and Britain were great admirers of Hitler. Henry Ford, the capitalist, admired Hitler. So, for a considerable time, did Churchill. In fact, Churchill turned against Hitler only when it was clear he was creating an empire that would threaten British capitalism.)

Capitalism did not give us medicare - and of course Americans of the richest country in the world still die from that lack of medical care that capitalism insists on.

Big capitalists refuse to pay taxes - not a cent. That places a heavy burden on everyone else because the big capitalists insist on big government spending - for them.

The myth of capitalism is that it creates wealth. And that's nonsense. Just look around. Wealthy Americans  have been rolling in cash, especially since the 1950s. But most other Americans have remained relatively poor. And, related to that, countries like Venezuela and Haiti have been driven into poverty to further enrich wealthy Americans. That's what the Cuban revolution was all about. Cuba now is punished by the U.S. for its revolution - but even with that punishment, Cuba is a hell of a lot better off than when it was under the control of American capitalists.

As a result, we are heading for one hell of a big crash. We are also headed for the war to end all wars - and all of us - soon.

Can we head this off?
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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Feb. 09:We still live in 1939

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/antarctica-greenland-weather-1.5011904
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There were people who fought fascism, including Brits, Canadians and Americans who fought fascism before that was respectable - through the years when our government and business leaders still thought Hitler was a nice guy. (One of the Hitler admirers of the time was Winston Churchill.)

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/feb/04/johnny-longstaff-a-forgotten-hero-the-spanish-civil-war-fighter-the-younguns-folk?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Outlook
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/phrma-drug-prices-pharmaceutical-industry-pmprb-health-1.5012423

The U.S. is notorious for having the highest drug prices in the world. And I mean really high. Of course. The U.S. market is controlled by capitalism, and capitalism exists to enrich capitalists. Who cares about people and health?
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The U.S. created the blockage of food to Venezuela. Now, as a nation starves, American capitalism (disguised as Christian concern) waves a magic wand to get food to them. The western news media will, of course, applaud this generosity - though it's real purpose is not to feed the people but to win over the Venezuelan army.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2019/feb/07/venezuela-blocks-border-as-maduro-tries-to-keep-troops-on-side-video

The poverty and hunger part will come back as American capitalists get control of Venezuela's oil fields. This has nothing to do with helping the Venezuelan people in the midst of a crisis the U.S. has created. It has everything to do with helping American billionaires.
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https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/feb/09/democratic-republic-of-the-congo-election-a-defeat-for-democracy-disaster-for-people-mo-ibrahim

The African state of Congo has been under the control of western capitalists since 1876. And in that time, the people of Congo have known nothing but exploitation - particularly of their minersl resources - massive poverty, extreme violence, lack of basic needs, extreme disorder.....
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http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/02/canadian-policy-venezuela-about-imperialism-not-democracy

We should   be learning more about imperialism - which has a long history of greed disguised as patriotism.

Imperialism, blended with  populism and and very narrow form of patriotism as laid out by Hitler and Mussolini have been the guiding principles of our time. It's the reason why the western powers generally supported Franco in Spain. Donald Trump is today's love-child  of Hitler and Mussolini. Another is Ontario's Doug Ford.

It is not a coincidence  that Hitler and Mussolini - almost to 1939 - were much admired by politicians like Churchill and by capitalists like Henry Ford.  (No. I am not exaggerating. Hitler and Mussolini are the ones who are the models for much of political thinking of today. What we call patriotism in our invasions of Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Venezuela .....is exactly the same as the aggressions of Hitler and Mussolini. The American war on Japan was not because Japan was evil. It wasn't even Pearl harbour that started it. It was because U.S. capitalists wanted the same control over China that Japan (and Britain) had taken.

In many a sense, we are our enemies. We are what we claim to hate.
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/activist-toolkit-blog/2019/02/canadian-provinces-are-poised-lot-more-populism-%C3%A0-la
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https://www.thenation.com/article/nuclear-madness-inf/
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https://www.thenation.com/article/venezuela-washington-funded-counterrevolution/
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Long - but intelligent and impartial.

https://countercurrents.org/2019/02/09/what-the-press-hides-from-you-about-venezuela-a-case-of-news-suppression/
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/02/09/oil-agriculture-and-imperialism-averting-the-fast-track-to-armageddon/
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/02/08/dont-expect-rulers-of-nuclear-armed-nations-to-accept-nuclear-disarmament%E2%80%95unless-theyre-pushed-to-do-so/
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51077.htm

Too true.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51071.htm
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As an aside to this next item, - there's a problem. The west is very, very vulnerable because of its addiction to uncontrolled capitalism. But there's a danger of the East falling for a similar addiction.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51073.htm
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And here is what might force Trump into more violent measures on the Mexican border.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/poll-trump-voters-will-mutiny-if-the-wall-isnt-built-faces-43-drop-in-support

The decisions are being made by developing hatreds - in the populist style of Hitler and Mussolini. Latin Americans are Trump's Jews. The decisions are not about people - they are about race fears and hatreds. That's why there is no attempt to help with the terrible situation in which these people find themselves. They are Trump's untermensch.
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And, if you're honest, this is why you have a very limited future as a journalist.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51068.htm
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http://www.medialens.org/index.php/alerts/alert-archive/2019/892-venezuela-blitz-part-1-tyrants-don-t-have-free-elections.html

http://medialens.org/index.php/alerts/alert-archive/2019/893-venezuela-blitz-part-2-press-freedom-sanctions-and-oil.html
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Fascists are always careful not to spoil women.

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/02/08/opinion/putting-pay-transparency-ice-ontario
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/02/08/analysis/2-billion-oil-industry-subsidy-making-trans-mountain-files-toll-application
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Sieg heil!

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/02/07/news/doug-fords-ontario-proposing-stop-tracking-carbon-pollution-fuel-sold-oil-and-gas
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Following is an extremist view of  a world like ours in which Donald Trump and Doug Ford are not extremists.

https://off-guardian.org/2019/02/08/the-real-left-phony-left-and-whats-left/
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https://off-guardian.org/2019/02/09/oil-agriculture-and-imperialism-averting-the-fast-track-to-armageddon/
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And, of course....We have the insiights of John Bolton...

https://theantimedia.com/pompeo-iranians-venezuela/
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And don't worry about the story below. Canadian and American weapons makers will still supply Saudi Arabia with weapons, and with the blessings of both Canadian and American governments.

https://theantimedia.com/khashoggi-murder-saudi-officials/
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In fairness, Pope Francis is the first pope to publicly admit failures of the Roman Catholic clergy.

https://theantimedia.com/pope-francis-nuns-sex-slaves-priests/
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This next item does not affect Canada. Canada has an effective and affordable system to make medical care available to all Canadians. The U.S. has a system that is affordable only to the wealthy. The U.S. has a pure profit system that condemns most of its population. But the U.S. billionaires tell us, as richest country in the world,  can't afford a better system.  It needs a system that, in fact, makes huge profits for the world's most wealthy people.

By coincidence, Trump who is the darling of the  religious voters of rural America, has done nothing that could be called religious compassion - while the CCF party which was the founder of medicare in Canada and was the one that forced medicare on the old parties was profoundly influenced  by religious values.

https://truthout.org/articles/two-thirds-of-personal-bankruptcies-are-caused-by-illness-and-medical-bills/
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I notice quite a bit of religion in today's blog. Now, despite a very early fling as a preacher and a potential Protestant clergyman, I have no religion. That doesn't mean I have no religious values. In fact, it's probable that most of my values are Christian and Jewish - and quite likely shared by Muslims and Hindus.....

Back in the days when I was giving 80 or more public talks a year, many were religious groups. Of them, my favourites were synagogues and other Jewish institutions. (They responded to serious discussions; Christian preferred jokes. I still, now retired, miss my Jewish groups.)

But, alas, Jews are people and, like us Christians and Hindus and Moslems and the rest they can also be - well - human and vicious. It was Hitler that brought that vicious side into power. They had not only had a dreadful experience. They also realized that the western world in general was brutal toward them - and the only reason it gave them Israel was to get rid of them. (That's not a rant. I saw anti-semitism from the time I was a child. Almost all of us Christians were guilty. And it still happens in the most respectable circles.)

The settlers of Israel knew they were sent there to get rid of them. They retaliated by treating Muslims just as Hitler (and us) had treated them. It was contrary to the teachings of Judaism - but the rest of the Jewish world, elated that the years of discrimination seemed to be over, accepted it for many years.

But no more.

North American Jews, in particular, are increasingly dismayed at an Israel that seems to be working on hatred just as Hitler's Germany did. And their support of Israel  has noticeably weakened in recent years. And that is made worse by the U.S. use of Israel against its Muslim neighbours.  Thus the horrible treatment, rarely mentioned in our news, of Palestine.

https://theintercept.com/2019/02/08/democrats-end-right-ariel-sharon-israeli-occupation-palestine/
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We are in a dead end. World War 2 had to be followed by a massive change of governing principles, of social values.....but it didn't happen. We simply recreated the world of 1939 with some change of actors. Like the world of 1939, it was designed to make the rich richer. Only that. That's why Britain continued the wars to reconquer bits and pieces of the British Empire. That's why the west, led by the U.S., invaded Korea. That's why Britain and the U.S. have been fighting wars ever since to do what they have each been doing for centuries - to conquer countries for the benefit of their very wealthy.





Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Feb. 05 and Feb. 07:greed and stupidity go together like - well, like Trump and the oil industry.

As I  began this Thursday blog, I was astonished to find I had not published my Tuesday Feb. 5 blog.

Hey! I'm getting old and senile. Someday, you will too. So here they both are.
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/04/a-third-of-himalayan-
ice-cap-doomed-finds-shocking-report

Capitalists don't care. They don't care about any of these shocking reports about climate. They don't care because caring would cut into their profits. We have created a real horror class of people so obsessed with wealth that they refuse to see reality.

We're seen this before. Just about every empire that ever there was has been dominated by a wealthy class which is concerned only with itself. This latest one is just the biggest binge of greed - and the one with the greatest capacity for destructiveness.

Either we get control of this or it will destroy us. And soon.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/canada-venezuela-1.5005571

You want to tackle an evil ruler? Wonderful. How about starting with almost all the presidents of the U.S. who deliberately slaughtered civilians in Korea, and who used chemicals to kill the people of Vietnam and to produce horribly deformed babies who  were guaranteed to die while still children.

How about George Bush Sr. who murdered 200,000 innocent people in Guatemala  - and who included Catholic priests, nuns and missionaries in his slaughter. Interestingly, our news media never carried that story at all. If you want information about it, the only source is a film by Canada's National Film Board.
(When Bush died, the press described him as a  loving parent and grandparent - and a servant of his country. In fact, he was just as brutal as his not very bright son.)

We are also buddies of Saudi Arabia, a vicious anti-democracy country which Canada and the U.S. sell weapons to and which, with American help, has starved thousands of Yemen children to death. For that matter, the U.S. has been the most murderous country in the world since 1945, invading at least  80 countries and killing at least 40 million people.

(Of course, the world record for mass murder is probably still held by the old British empire at over 350 million. Rule --Bri-tania--

Okay, Justin Trudeau. How about a speech on that subject?

True. Maduro is not a nice guy. But he's a sweetheart compared to the U.S.

(footnote - I was suprised by the freqent reference by the CBC columnist to Maduro as a     bullying marxist. He may well be, of course. But why doesn't he or any other writer I have seen referred to U.S. leaders as bullying capitalists? They have, in fact been far, far bigger bullies than Maduro.)
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http://www.rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/views-expressed/2019/02/what-mainstream-media-doesn%E2%80%99t-tell-you-about-venezuela
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/02/05/farewell-to-inf-treaty-setting-multilateralization-for-n-persons-game/
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Odd. I haven't seen much about this in Canada's news media/

https://countercurrents.org/2019/02/05/labor-opposes-canadas-stance-on-venezuela-lima-groups-press-conference-crashed/
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https://qz.com/1521806/palestines-head-of-mental-health-services-says-ptsd-is-a-western-concept/
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Now this is curious. I have seen many pictures of mob demonstrations in Venezuela in our news media. All of them have been on the side of the American claimant for power. (And, I think, all have been the same photo.) But here's one of a giant rally - in favour of Maduro.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNDo5adHY0o

Funny so many of our news media could miss this.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51047.htm
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/02/04/news/oilpatch-giants-deny-involvement-covert-us-pollution-campaign

Continued use of oil will destroy all humanity. Now, think of the mentality of oil executives who don't want us to think of that.
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https://theantimedia.com/cnn-saudi-arabia-us-weapons-al-qaeda-yemen/

But Saudi-Arabia is our good friend.
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https://theantimedia.com/companies-backing-venezuelan-coup-attempt/
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https://www.voltairenet.org/article204951.html
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We  don't live in a democracy. Our politicians, for the most part, are the servants of big money. And Justin Trudeau is a prime example of that.And big money owes nothing to you. It pays no taxes. It has no obligation whatever to you.

This is an old, old story. It happened under the Roman Empire as most of the population lived on a starvation income, and when the common dead were simply dumped into great pits. It happened in the monarchies and upper classes of Europe when the poor majority had to march off to wars that brought them nothing - and had to fight with their only weapons their farming tools. 

In our own time, pensions and minimum wage and medicare do not come from the kindness of the wealthy. We have had to fight for them - and the wealthy of the richest nation in the world still can't get medicare or adequate wages.

All the super wealthy of the world could fit into a very small elementary school. And for all their wealth, they are too greedy to see the disaster this is
taking all of us to - including them.
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Okay. Now Feb. 7.
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/david-suzuki/2019/02/winter-weather-doesnt-disprove-global-warming

The most prominent people in saying nothing and doing nothing about climate change are our oil barons. These, like the old, British aristocracy, are people of no great intelligence or training - and particularly of no training in the sciences. And these are the people who have decided that we will do nothing about climate change.
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https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-hard-to-fathom-why-allies-support-u-s-on-venezuela
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/02/06/red-screaming-alarm-bell-banish-fossil-fuels-nasa-confirms-last-five-years-hottest
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https://www.thenation.com/article/somalia-secret-air-campaign/

The U.S. has attacked over 80 countries - mostly by bombing and mostly killing civilians - since 1945. Remember all the anger of the US when it suffered from the one and only attack on the U.S. with the attack on the World Trade Centre?

But Americans have no reluctance to do that to other countries every day.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/01/17/human-beings-are-destroying-life-on-earth-but-deluding-ourselves-that-we-are-not/
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/02/07/resist-imperialist-intervention-workers-communards-people-march-in-venezuela/

Our news media have written a good deal about crowds in Venezuela who support regime change. In fact, the bigger crowds seem to be the ones we aren't seeing - the ones who support the government of Venezuela.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/02/07/us-media-ignore-and-applaud-economic-war-on-venezuela
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Most of our news media carried the terrible story of the mine disaster in Brazil  that killed   some 200 workers. But they didn't tell why it happened.

https://countercurrents.org/2019/02/06/disaster-capitalism-in-brazil-mining-greed-produces-a-horrific-death-toll/
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Trudeau is the wimpiest prime minister Canada has ever had. And, alas! The Conservatives are just as bad.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/02/06/bloody-canada-cheerleading-the-lima-groups-plot-to-overthrow-the-government-of-venezuela/
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And Canada has its own Donald Trump.

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/02/07/news/doug-fords-ontario-proposing-stop-tracking-carbon-pollution-fuel-sold-oil-and-gas
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/02/05/news/how-car-pollution-hurts-kids-performance-school
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Think of what it must tell us when the world's oil barons, who mostly have no scientific training whatever, tell us there is no climate change. To make it worse, think of those of us who don't even whimper as the oil barons expose us and our children to destruction.

https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/2018-hottest-year-climate-change-nasa-report/
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Gee! Funny how most of our news media have never mentioned the next story.

https://theantimedia.com/wikileaks-imf-world-bank-weapons/
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https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-vikings-were-fearless-except-when-it-was-too-cold-1.6915203

Well, this information is pretty much useless - but irresistable.
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Again, I apologize for not sending off Tuesday's blog when I wrote it.

As well, it is profoundly depressing to write today on a world that is closely modelled on Hitler's Germany. And, in broader terms it reminds me of our own own histories. We humans, of course, go back to ape-like people - all of whom were slaughtered after homo sapiens, our current form, appeared.

Homo sapiens was so intellectually advanced that all other forms of human life were soon wiped out by it. And that is also why so many prehistoric species like the giant kangaroo disappeared. (We live in a world with far, far fewer species than there used to be. It was homo sapiens that destroyed the camel, for example, in the Americas.)

So far, we're doing a pretty thorough job of destroying wild life in Africa and Asia - and we're much better than our ancestors in destroying the creatures of the sea.

What we need is a new human species, one smarter than homo sapiens, to dispose of us.



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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Feb. 2: So little time; so much insanity.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/01/enduring-the-tide-the-flooded-philippine-islands-that-locals-wont-leave

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jan/31/chiberia-extreme-cold-in-chicago-inspires-solidarity-and-awe-polar-vortex

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jan/31/polar-vortex-latest-weather-news-midwest-record-lows

(Okay. 20 people died. But probably most of them were old, anyway.)

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/01/january-named-as-australias-hottest-month-on-record

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2019/feb/01/disaster-in-the-australian-outback-podcast

https://www.cbc.ca/news/thenational/national-today-newsletter-australia-youth-football-seniors-care-1.4996932

This is insane. But it all really happened.

The world's leading scientists agree that climate change is happening. They agree it will destroy all life on earth. We have known that for over thirty years. So how come are doing almost nothing?

This is a crisis that calls for immediate action with perhaps only a generation to get some kind of control. And it's not happening. Nor is it any secret why it's not happening.

The world's oil business leaders don't want anything to happen. Now - with all the evidence we have, how do we judge the intelligence (or even the sanity) of our world's leading oil barons?

Do they have an intelligence superior to all the world's scientists? Immediately, I think of the president of Irving oil who dropped out of university just two years after high school. Even those who stuck around for a few more years usually didn't touch the sciences.

But even their lack of knowledge doesn't explain their behaviour. How can they ignore the opinions of people who have spent their lives studying what is happening to our world? And even if we forget scientific opinion, how can they ignore the evidence of the last several  years - the wild weather patterns, the melting of two continents.....? And again, I think of the president of Irving Oil who sprays poisonous chemicals on the land of his native province.

No. This is not a matter of differences of opinion. This is the wilful blindness of a super wealthy class who suffer a mental illness we can call greed. In the end, it will kill them, too. But greed blinds them.

Democracy fails us here because this super wealthy class owns most of our elected representatives. It also owns our major news sources on radio, TV, and newspapers.

And many of us, I'm afraid, take easy way of just doing nothing.

It's a kind of insanity - a refusal to see what is happening.

That's why, as a whole world crashes in on us, we spend our government money on  weapons - and gasoline. It makes no sense. We need all our energy and all the money we can gather to deal with climate change. Instead, it's being spent on making weapons manufacturers richer and opening up new oil fields. And we have very little time to change that.

But I don't have the answer to how that is to be done.

You do.
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When I lived in the province of new Brunswick. the local billionaire gave a donation to charity. (One of his companies, Irving oil, is modestly named after the family,) The provincial chambers of commerce got so excited, they almost wet their pants, and they held a very expensive dinner in praise of Mr. Irving,       with the man himself graciously agreeing to be the speaker.  (The poor and the hungry were not invited.)

Was this generous gift by him? Well, it was a very, very small gift considering this man did not pay any imcome taxes. And he paid only a very small part of the property taxes as was supposed to pay. As well, he demanded and received massive gifts of forest and government funding - any one of which was far, far more than his gift to charity had been.

The provincial newspapers went into ecstasies over his generosity.(He owns all the newspapers.) The Liberal and Conservative leaders heaped praise in him. (He owns them, too.)

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/02/forget-philanthropy-super-rich-should-be-paying-proper-taxes
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And a new arms race. Just what the world needs.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/02/russia-follows-us-in-suspending-nuclear-deal
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Capitalism's gift to the people.

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/feb/01/major-western-brands-pay-indian-garment-workers-11p-an-hour
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Despite the tone of much of our news media,  the U.S. government doesn't give a damn about bringing democracy to Venezuela - or anybody else. It happily supports the world's crudest dictator in Saudi Arabia. It destroyed democracy in Guatemala, and murdered two hundred thousand who wanted democracy. In fact, it has overthrown elected governments all over the world. It was the U.S. that established dictatorship in Cuba back about World War 1. It was the U.S. that overthrew democracy in Haiti. The U.S. supported a brual dictatorship in  Chile. It was the U.S. that murdered 200,000 in Guatemala to prevent the rise of democracy.

Iran, after a long struggle, became a democracy in 1948. But the U.S. and Britain soon moved in to destroy it, and to set up the shah as a dictator. Iran later overthrew the shah and re-established a democracy - admittedly a democracy with faults. (I don't know of a democracy that doesn't have faults.)

Western news media talk a good game about America and democracy. But the reality is very different. Democracy is acceptable only if it's the servant of western capitalists.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/02/venezuela-juan-guaido-interim-president-political-trouble-outside-interference
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http://gwynnedyer.com/2019/trump-and-erdogan-bringers-of-chaos/
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Let's get real.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/rabblecas-staff-blog/2019/02/global-warming-unstoppable-while-capitalism-blocks

The reality, rarely if ever mentioned in our news media is that we do not control our capitalism. And if we don't control such a major force in our society, how can we claim to be a democracy?
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/02/01/european-colonizers-genocide-56-million-native-americans-so-devastating-it-literally

Yes. These were real people our ancestors slaughtered. It happened all over the Americas.  A major reason for the American revolution was to turn American troops to the mass murder of native Americans so that people like George Washington could steal their land.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/02/01/yiiiiikes-john-bolton-threatens-send-venezuelas-maduro-offshore-us-prison-guantanamo

The most dangerous man in the Trump administration may not be Trump.  Not while John Bolton is there.
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Which one looks most like a nazi?

https://www.commondreams.org/further/2019/01/31/assassins-israeli-soldiers-just-neutralized-female-terrorist-aka-16-year-old
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https://www.thenation.com/article/border-patrol-guatemala-dictatorship/
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The U.S., since 1945, has been on a crusade to conquer the world. And in twenty years,  it cannot conquer Afghanistan, not even with more than half that country's population on the side of the U.S.

https://www.thenation.com/article/afghanistan-end-taliban-trump-unwinnable/
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Canada's CBC has some very fine journalists working for it. But it comes under tremendous pressure from its bosses. I learned that a long time ago when I was doing weekly broadcasts for it.

My topics were harmless enough - mostly about Montreal history. But one day I was called in and fired.

It was explained to me that this had nothing to do with my broadcasts.

Quebec was then suffering a separatist movement to break away from Canada. I had never discussed that on air. But I was on the board of the major anti-separatist organization. That's why I was fired. it was not for having said anything on air about separatism. it was because those separatists in CBC management didn't want people like me on the air.

CBC is always under pressure from such groups in its bureaucracy. And this interference harms an otherwise excellent system.

https://countercurrents.org/2019/02/02/big-lie-technique-alive-and-well-on-cbcs-power-and-politics-or-at-least-a-lot-of-ignorance-is/
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Trump has taken a big step to make world nuclear war inevitable. And yes, there are people who think that makes sense.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51019.htm
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In several years of watching it, I have found RT (RussiaTimes) to be a fairly honest news outlet. Where you cannot trust it is on its news of Russia. It never publishes anything that would make Russia look bad. It's also weak on China. But it's quite honest in dealing with the rest of the world. (A recent RT story on North Korea was surprising and quite superior to any western reporting I have seen on that country.)

And, in making judgements, consider that most of the western press lies constantly.

https://www.rt.com/news/450359-cnn-venezuelan-defectors-fake/
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And for a change of pace...

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51024.htm
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/01/31/news/new-us-oil-and-gas-drilling-unleash-1000-coal-plants-worth-pollution-2050
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https://off-guardian.org/2019/02/01/conflict-is-inevitable/
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https://theantimedia.com/bolton-venezuela-maduro-guantanamo-bay-prison/
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The U.S. considers itself as the great bringer of democracy throughout the world. But if you check, it has been a bigger bringer of dictatorship and mass murder. Check out this story about Saudi Arabia.

https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=373697047018228084#editor/target=post;postID=5480510760727188528;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=0;src=postname
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https://www.voltairenet.org/article204951.html
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This came in late for me - but I thought it well worth including.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/overthrowing-other-peoples-governments-the-master-list-of-u-s-regime-changes/5400829
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Thursday, January 31, 2019

jan 31: How we won the war - and lost the peace...

I'm a little groggy today. I was up until 4 in the morning watching for developments in Venezuela. There weren't any - but here's a story you probably won't find in your local news outlet.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jan/30/historian-berates-billionaires-at-davos-over-tax-avoidance

One of the greatest threats facing us is the increasing drift of all wealth into the pockets of the very, very wealthy. Every year these people take millions and even billions of dollars from us in a grand theft that amounts to trillions.

The very wealthy not only refuse to pay taxes. They also insist that government spending be directed to them. That's why the U.S. has such a huge defence budget. It has very little to do with defence -but everything to do with creating profits for war industries.

As well as this 'defence' spending, the U.S. also lavishes gifts of  billions of dollars in handouts to the very wealthy. In this, it resembles ancient Rome at its worst.  Meanwhile, there is nothing for the homeless; we have an education system frozen in the world of a century ago; the U.S., the richest nation in the world, cannot afford health care for its people....

It's bad enough the very wealthy don't pay any taxes. But it's worse that they demand handouts that put us deeper into debt every year.

This system is going to crash.

Why are our news media silent about this? Why are we paying for wars that benefit only the very wealthy? It is paraded in real life every day - a wealthy elite that is getting wealthier on our cheap labour and our taxes - and on the sweat labour of this world.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/climate-change-polar-vortex-1.4998820
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/01/31/city-sized-1000-foot-deep-cavity-found-glacier-warns-nasa-signaling-rapid-decay

But don't worry. Mr. Trump says the experts don't know what they're talking about -  and Mr. Trump has a bachelor's degree in finance. So there.
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The New York Times has a reputation for outstanding journalism. Sometimes it is outstanding. Sometimes it isn't. It's one of the papers that never mentioned the U.S. slaughter of some 200,000 Guatemalans - mostly Maya people, and a number of Christian missionaries.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/01/31/continuing-long-history-supporting-us-backed-regime-change-nyt-hands-venezuela
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What is the Afghnistan war all about? Forget the stories about the evil of the Taliban. (In fact. the Taliban was largely trained and equipped by the U.S. The 9/11 attack on New York was never the cause of that war. It was a war to 1. open up Afghanistan mining to American and British companies and 2.to create a base that could threaten Russia.

Your tax dollars at work - but not for you.

https://www.thenation.com/article/afghanistan-war-peace-talks-minerals/
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https://www.thenation.com/article/howard-schultz-billionaire-franklin-delano-roosevelt-new-deal-social-security-medicare-all/
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/01/31/venezuelas-oil-and-the-geopolitics-of-the-us-backed-coup/
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/01/31/your-complete-guide-to-the-n-y-times-support-of-u-s-backed-coups-in-latin-america/
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I knew Pierre Trudeau.  (No. I'm not a Liberal. But I did know Pierre Trudeau.)
And Justin is no Pierre. Pierre had the guts and the principles to support Castro.
Justin has neither guts nor principles.

https://countercurrents.org/2019/01/31/an-open-letter-to-justin-trudeau-prime-minister-of-canada/
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/01/31/international-criminal-court-judge-resigns-citing-shocking-us-interference/

In 1945, the American super-wealthy (the ones who don't pay taxes) saw their opportunity to make the whole world their empire. Britain, it's own empire destroyed, caved in to the new world order. But things have not gone well for the American empire.

China and Russia have emerged as challenges. Much of the Muslim world has risen to oppose U.S. dominance. (And the American military, despite its size and sophistication and its reliance on the massive killing of civilians and children, has been remarkably unsuccessful.)

And that has brought us to the edge of the war that nobody can win.
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I don't think this made most  (any) of our major news media.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51006.htm
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Another win for our slimier politicians and their slimy, billionaire friends.

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/01/30/analysis/canadas-climate-gap-widens-yet-again
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https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/venezuela-crisis-facts-to-know-poverty/
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As very young child of World War Two, I worshipped Churchill. As a teenager, I was captivated by his multi-volume history of Britain. Only later, as I studied history, would I realize what a thoroughly nasty bit of goods he was. He was a racist, a servant of the very rich, a man with nothing but contempt for that majority of the British people who weren't rich. He was also perhaps the inventor of the deliberate massacre of civilians.  (He ordered the bombing of civilian Kurd villages and town in 1920).

This summary of Churchill' character might seem overdone. Possibly it is. But not by much. It also has some big surprises in it.

https://off-guardian.org/2019/01/30/winston-church-close-but-no-cigar/
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https://off-guardian.org/2019/01/31/venezuela-guardian-sparing-neocon-blushes/

Of course,  this is what the fuss over Venezuela is about. But that's not how it's been reported.

The U.S. doesn't give a damn about democracy or human rights It murders  children in Yemen. It's wars in places like Korea, Vietnam, Iraq - and the secret ones like Guatemala - it's invasion of Haiti - have not been campaigns to bring peace and joy. They have been mass murders - a total of at least 30 million people murdered - to give control of  resources to American capitalists. The U.S. has only one objective in Venezuela, stealing control of Venezuela's oil.
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https://theantimedia.com/us-interrogators-uae-yemen/

Of course, the U.S. is involved in torture in Yemen.  It's been involved for over a century - going back at least to its conquest of The Philliipines.
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https://theantimedia.com/khashoggi-death-crime-scene/

Of course. The U.S. is very tolerant of its Saudi friends.
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https://www.voltairenet.org/article204951.html
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We have, from the start, abandoned everything we said we were fighting World War Two for. (It would be nice if members of The Canadian Legion could put down their beers for a moment and think of that.)

I was a child the day the war ended in Europe. I remember the crowds. I remember the wild joy. I remember the promises. But I didn't  understand.
World War Two had not ended. It is still on. And we are the ones who allowed that to happen.

We have allowed capitalism to run wild. We have handed over the world to greed. Now, we have very little time to undo what we have done. And we are under the control of people who don't want to undo the evil we have turned loose.
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